Tim Divers and his sponsors raised nearly $5,000 in the 2012 Kick for a Cure fundraising event. Lehigh had a great season finishing 10-1. Tim also had a great season punting for 1,979 yards. Please read below to see how Tim got involved raising money for MS Hope for a Cure. Please note that Tim’s Aunt Patricia passed away in November of 2012. MS Hope will be making a $10,000 donation in memory of Patricia to the MS Society specifically for research to find an END to MS.
Tim Divers’ MS Story
Tim Divers is 20 years old and in excellent health. In fact, last year he was the starting kicker and punter for the Lehigh Football team, the Patriot League Champions for the last two years. So, how is Tim connected to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? Tim’s mom Eileen has two sisters, Patricia and Mimi, who have both been afflicted with MS. While both of Tim’s aunts have had MS for a number of years, it has only been during the past year that the debilitating effects of this disease have become much more evident. While both of Tim’s aunts are clearly showing the effects of MS, Aunt Patricia’s condition has worsened recently and she moved back to New Jersey from her home in New Mexico to be closer to most of her family. She now resides in a nearby nursing home. At least now, Tim gets to see her when he is home on school break.
On a recent visit home, Tim and the family took Aunt Patricia out for Sunday dinner. Tim saw how difficult it was for his aunt to get around, and it really hit home for Tim how disabling MS really is. Soon after that eye-opening experience, Tim asked his dad, John, how he could do something to help raise money to help find a cure for MS. John explained that they have been donating money to several MS charities over the years. But Tim wanted to do something more where he could get directly involved. “How can I use my kicking at Lehigh to raise money?” he asked.
At this point John contacted Elissa Levy, an old friend, who also suffers from MS. Elissa has been involved in the fight against MS for quite a few years now through her own charitable foundation, MS Hope for A Cure. In conjunction with MS Hope, Tim will be raising funds tied to his kicking performance on the Lehigh Football team this year.